Wales Herald Extraordinary

Wales Herald Extraordinary

The heraldic badge of
Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary
Heraldic tradition Gallo-British
Jurisdiction England, Wales and Northern Ireland (College of Arms)
Governing body [[]]
Michael Siddons, former Wales Herald

Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary (Herodr Arbennig Cymru in Welsh) is a current Officer of Arms Extraordinary under the Courts of England and Wales' jurisdiction. Wales is a Royal Herald, ie a member of the Royal Household, and whilst not being a member of chapter of the College of Arms, processes with the other heralds at ceremonial occasions. Wales Herald forms an integral part of the procession when the Queen officially opens a session of the National Assembly for Wales at Cardiff Bay.

There was formerly a Wales Herald in the late fourteenth century, but that office was short-lived.[1] The post was re-established in 1963 as an Officer of Arms Extraordinary, its first appointee being Francis Jones.

The badge dates from 1967 and depicts a treasured medieval Welsh possession, the Croes Naid—a cross heavily gilded and jewelled and said to contain a fragment of the True Cross of Jesus Christ; it is blazoned Issuant from an open Royal Crown of the 13th century Or a representation of a Croes Naid also Or jewelled Proper.

The present Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary is Thomas Lloyd, OBE, DL, FSA,[2] having succeeded Michael Siddons in 2010.[3]

Office holders


  2. Wales Herald Extraordinary
  3. The Heraldry Gazette, Issue 118, December 2010. ISSN 0437-2980
  4. The London Gazette: no. 43077. p. 6683. 9 August 1963. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 53849. p. 15981. 15 November 1994. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 59505. p. 14735. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  7. Debrett's People of Today
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